Love Your Block - Frequently Asked Questions


​1. When does the application open? When is the deadline?

The 2016/2017 Love Your Block application cycle is now closed. The application opened on September 29th, 2016 at 9 am and remained open for 5 weeks, closing on November 4th, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

2. How long will the Love Your Block initiative be active in Richmond?

The Richmond Love Your Block initiative will be active in Richmond at least until mid-2018. We are currently seeking ways to increase funding so that we can continue to provide support to neighborhood revitalization projects for several more years.

3. How often does Love Your Block accept applications?

We have completed two grant application cycles and will have at least one more open grant application period over the next year. The second Love Your Block application cycle took place between September 29th, 2016 and November 4th, 2016.

4. Are grants available for all of Richmond or targeted in certain neighborhoods?

For the 2017-2018 Year, only existing Love Your Block projects in the neighborhoods of Parchester Village and North Richmond (incorporated and unincorporated) are eligible for grant funding.

However, we welcome all Richmond residents, community members, and partners to reach out to us for logistical and possible in-kind support. Let us know how we can help you lead your own volunteer-based community project!

5. Who can apply for the grant?

Only Love Your Block grantees from the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 with projects from Parchester Village or North Richmond (incorporated and unincorporated) may apply for grant funding during the 2017-2018 Love Your Block application cycle.

Anyone whose project will benefit the City of Richmond can always reach out to us about leading their own volunteer-based community project! If you have an idea that can improve the Richmond community, we’d love to hear from you!

6. How much should I apply for? Is there a maximum amount that the Love Your Block Grant will award?

For the 2017-2018 Love Your Block application cycle, you may apply for the amount that covers supplies you will need, up to $1,500. For example, if you want to paint a wall, the grant funds could go towards purchasing brushes, paint, blue tape, etc. You are required to provide a budget in your grant application that will outline the costs of resources your project will need. We will award two grants total during this cycle: one $1,500 mini-grant to an existing Love Your Block project in Parchester, and one $1,500 mini-grant to an existing Love Your Block project in North Richmond (incorporated and unincorporated).

Grant funds are not for personal use and will not cover labor costs/stipends or bulk t-shirt orders. Instead, volunteers and city workers will come together to work on the project. We recently launched the Richmond Tool Library so that you are not required to purchase brand new tools for your project. The Richmond Tool Library is located in the Community Services building at 3230 Macdonald Ave.

7. How can I apply?

The 2016/2017 Love Your Block application cycle is now closed. However, for future reference, you may access the 2016/2017 grant application by clicking on "Grant Application" in the top left corner of this page or by clicking on one of the links below. The 2016/2017 Love Your Block Grant Application is available in English and Spanish.

2016/2017 Love Your Block Grant Application (English)
2016/2017 Love Your Block Grant Application (Español)

All applicants must participate in one workshop, meeting, or phone conference in order for their applications to receive consideration. This is to ensure that applicants understand 1.) the mission of Love Your Block, 2.) the minimum requirements of a project, 3.) the additional elements of a successful application, and 4.) the limitations of the Love Your Block mini-grant. We do not want our applicants to dedicate time towards perfecting a project that does not end up being in line with Love Your Block's mission! We value your time and want to make sure you submit a project proposal that is as complete as possible.

During the 2016/2017 application period, we hosted six workshops in three different locations throughout Richmond.

​8. I have an idea for a revitalization project but I’m not sure what my first step should be. What should I do?

Talk to us if you have any questions! We’re here to help! Contact:

Stephanie Ny
(501) 620-6563

Erika Ito
(510) 621-1568 

9. How do I create the solution to the problem my grant sets out to address?

Our grant application is a bit different from most grants out there. We want the grant to be accessible to all community members and we will be here for you throughout the grant-writing process to answer any questions you may have. In order to create a successful application, you have to know the issue you want to tackle. Is it an overgrown lot? Broken sidewalk? Specify where the problem is located. Have an idea of how you want to solve this problem. Some of you will know the exact solution, and others will probably need a bit more guidance. That’s okay! Let us know and we will work with you to brainstorm an idea together. Have an approximate budget for the supplies you will need. You can contact us if you’re not sure how to create a budget and we will help you out. We want to ensure anyone who wants to apply, can! Let us know if you have questions about the grant process and we will make sure you get the assistance you need.

​10. How long will it be before I know the status of my application?

The 2016/2017 Love Your Block application cycle closed on November 4th. A list of grant winners is posted on our Updates page and was posted on our Facebook page as well.

​11. Who should I contact for more information?

If you have any questions, please call or e-mail us and we’d be happy to assist you. For more information, contact:

Stephanie Ny
(510) 620-6563

Erika Ito
(510) 621-1568